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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles of 2017

Another year is coming to an end and it's time to thank all our subscribers and occasional readers by sharing with you our most popular articles on hand hygiene, infection prevention and food safety from this year. We will be taking a break and returning with new exciting content and new look in January.


Here are the Top 10 Hand Hygiene Articles of 2017...


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Topics: Hand hygiene, Infection prevention

Hand Washing Reduces Your Chance of Catching a Cold by 45%


Winter – that’s roast lunches by the open fire of a Sunday pub, snowball fights with the kids (if we’re lucky to have snow), and Christmas markets. Winter – that’s also the time of the year when many of us are especially susceptible to falling ill with colds or the flu – and, unfortunately, our workplaces are where the germs and bacteria responsible for these illnesses can spread with ease.


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Topics: Handwashing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Behavior

Help Employees Prevent Dry Hands In The Winter


Think of winter, and what comes to mind might be the open fire of a Sunday pub, or it might be a stroll around a Christmas market. For outdoor workers the picture is not always this romantic: working outdoors can come with serious risks. Weather conditions can have a serious impact on the health of workers. And no season is quite as harsh when it comes to this as winter – especially for the skin.

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin, Industrial hand cleansing, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease

4 Ways To Give Flu The Cold Shoulder This Winter



Winter is just around the corner – and with it comes flu season, meaning potential bad news for healthcare facilities. Minor illnesses are already a major staffing issue for hospitals – they cause an annual average loss of 4.3 working days per person[1] – and they are especially problematic at a time of year when admissions see a major increase. However, this year could prove to be even worse…

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection prevention, flu season

Warning Nasty Flu Season Ahead


Reading the articles about the 2017-18 flu season, you’ll see headlines like “potential for nasty winter season”, and “why we may be in for a miserable flu season”. (I don’t think I’ve seen a “good” flu season). During every flu season there are hospitalizations and deaths that occur.  

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, flu season

The Car Interior Microbiome: Gas Station As An Infection Control Hotspot


When we get into our cars there are several things that go through our minds from the expectant traffic jams, price of gas through to if the hills of Scandinavia actually smell like the spruce tree air-freshener hanging from the mirror. What we don’t normally think about is the possibility of acquiring infectious microbes along our drive. The risk of infections increases with presence of the microbe, opportunity and exposure time. With regards the latter, if statistics are correct, we spend an average of 90 minutes in our cars each day that equates to 6 months per lifetime.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, car interiors, infection control, gas stations

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